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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227272/heart-rate-monitoring-from-wrist-type-ppg-based-on-singular-spectrum-analysis-with-motion-decision
#1
Yang Wang, Zhiwen Liu, Bin Dong, Yang Wang, Zhiwen Liu, Bin Dong, Yang Wang, Zhiwen Liu, Bin Dong
Heart rate (HR) monitoring is necessary for daily healthcare. Wrist-type photoplethsmography (PPG) is a convenient and non-invasive technique for HR monitoring. However, motion artifacts (MA) caused by subjects' movements can extremely interfere the results of HR monitoring. In this paper, we propose a high accuracy method using motion decision, singular spectrum analysis (SSA) and spectral peak searching for daily HR estimation. The proposed approach was evaluated on 8 subjects under a series of different motion states...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226870/effect-of-vagus-nerve-stimulation-on-neural-adaptation-in-thalamo-cortical-system-in-rats
#2
Tomoyo I Shiramatsu, Rie Hitsuyu, Kenji Ibayashi, Ryohei Kanzaki, Kensuke Kawai, Hirokazu Takahashi, Tomoyo I Shiramatsu, Rie Hitsuyu, Kenji Ibayashi, Ryohei Kanzaki, Kensuke Kawai, Hirokazu Takahashi, Kenji Ibayashi, Kensuke Kawai, Ryohei Kanzaki, Hirokazu Takahashi, Tomoyo I Shiramatsu, Rie Hitsuyu
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a therapy on medically refractory epilepsy, and recently reported to improve cognitive function including learning and memory. The thalamo-cortical system may underlie such VNS-induced cognitive improvements. Thus, the present study targeted the auditory cortex and thalamus in rats, and investigated whether and how VNS modulates stimulus-specific adaptation (SSA) of the neural activity in these nuclei. A depth electrode array recorded auditory evoked potentials from the auditory thalamus and cortex under an oddball paradigm either with or without VNS...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226785/mechanisms-of-stochastic-focusing-and-defocusing-in-biological-reaction-networks-insight-from-accurate-chemical-master-equation-acme-solutions
#3
Gamze Giirsoy, Anna Terebus, Youfang Cao, Jie Liang, Gamze Gursoy, Anna Terebus, Youfang Cao, Jie Liang, Gamze Gursoy, Youfang Cao, Anna Terebus, Jie Liang
Stochasticity plays important roles in regulation of biochemical reaction networks when the copy numbers of molecular species are small. Studies based on Stochastic Simulation Algorithm (SSA) has shown that a basic reaction system can display stochastic focusing (SF) by increasing the sensitivity of the network as a result of the signal noise. Although SSA has been widely used to study stochastic networks, it is ineffective in examining rare events and this becomes a significant issue when the tails of probability distributions are relevant as is the case of SF...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222815/cognitive-stimulation-therapy-as-a-sustainable-intervention-for-dementia-in-sub-saharan-africa-feasibility-and-clinical-efficacy-using-a-stepped-wedge-design
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Stella-Maria Paddick, Sarah Mkenda, Godfrey Mbowe, Aloyce Kisoli, William K Gray, Catherine L Dotchin, Laura Ternent, Adesola Ogunniyi, John Kissima, Olaide Olakehinde, Declare Mushi, Richard W Walker
BACKGROUND: Cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) is a psychosocial group-based intervention for dementia shown to improve cognition and quality of life with a similar efficacy to cholinesterase inhibitors. Since CST can be delivered by non-specialist healthcare workers, it has potential for use in low-resource environments, such as sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). We aimed to assess the feasibility and clinical effectiveness of CST in rural Tanzania using a stepped-wedge design. METHODS: Participants and their carers were recruited through a community dementia screening program...
February 22, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222094/housing-improvements-and-malaria-risk-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-multi-country-analysis-of-survey-data
#5
Lucy S Tusting, Christian Bottomley, Harry Gibson, Immo Kleinschmidt, Andrew J Tatem, Steve W Lindsay, Peter W Gething
BACKGROUND: Improvements to housing may contribute to malaria control and elimination by reducing house entry by malaria vectors and thus exposure to biting. We tested the hypothesis that the odds of malaria infection are lower in modern, improved housing compared to traditional housing in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). METHODS AND FINDINGS: We analysed 15 Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and 14 Malaria Indicator Surveys (MIS) conducted in 21 countries in SSA between 2008 and 2015 that measured malaria infection by microscopy or rapid diagnostic test (RDT)...
February 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220136/novel-sources-of-witchweed-striga-resistance-from-wild-sorghum-accessions
#6
Dorothy A Mbuvi, Clet W Masiga, Eric Kuria, Joel Masanga, Mark Wamalwa, Abdallah Mohamed, Damaris A Odeny, Nada Hamza, Michael P Timko, Steven Runo
Sorghum is a major food staple in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), but its production is constrained by the parasitic plant Striga that attaches to the roots of many cereals crops and causes severe stunting and loss of yield. Away from cultivated farmland, wild sorghum accessions grow as weedy plants and have shown remarkable immunity to Striga. We sought to determine the extent of the resistance to Striga in wild sorghum plants. Our screening strategy involved controlled laboratory assays of rhizotrons, where we artificially infected sorghum with Striga, as well as field experiments at three sites, where we grew sorghum with a natural Striga infestation...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220021/the-antiproliferative-role-of-lanreotide-in-controlling-growth-of-neuroendocrine-tumors-a-systematic-review
#7
Michael Michael, Rocio Garcia-Carbonero, Matthias M Weber, Catherine Lombard-Bohas, Christos Toumpanakis, Rodney J Hicks
BACKGROUND: Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are a heterogeneous group of tumors, with >50% of cases involving the gastrointestinal system or pancreas. Somatostatin analogs (SSAs) are used for treating NET-related secretory syndromes and, more recently, for their antiproliferative effects. We conducted a systematic review of published literature on the antiproliferative efficacy and safety of the SSA lanreotide Autogel in the management of NETs to gain a fuller understanding of the evidence and identify future areas of research...
February 20, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219364/the-relationship-between-changes-of-cervical-sagittal-alignment-after-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-and-spino-pelvic-sagittal-alignment-under-roussouly-classification-a-four-year-follow-up-study
#8
Dong-Ning Huang, Miao Yu, Nan-Fang Xu, Mai Li, Shao-Bo Wang, Yu Sun, Liang Jiang, Feng Wei, Xiao-Guang Liu, Zhong-Jun Liu
BACKGROUND: Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is widely used in the treatment of cervical degenerative disease; however, the variation of cervical sagittal alignment changes after ACDF has been rarely explored. The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between changes of cervical sagittal alignment after ACDF and spino-pelvic sagittal alignment under Roussouly classification. METHODS: A cohort of 133 Chinese cervical spondylotic patients who received ACDF from 2011 to 2012 was recruited...
February 20, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219196/-treatment-effects-analysis-of-preoperative-long-acting-somatostatin-analogs-combined-trans-sphenoidal-endoscopic-surgery-for-patients-with-growth-hormone-secreting-pituitary-macroadenomas
#9
L Y Zhang, K Deng, Y Zhang, Y Yao, H J Zhu, Z M Jin, H Pan
Objective: To evaluate the treatment effects of preoperative long-acting somatostatin analogue (SSA) combined trans-sphenoidal endoscopic surgery for patients with growth hormone (GH)-secreting pituitary macroadenomas. Methods: Retrospective analysis was carried out on 20 patients with GH-secreting pituitary macroadenomas who were treated with preoperative SSA and trans-sphenoidal endoscopic surgery in our apartment from January 2010 to January 2016. We also selected 20 patients with only trans-sphenoidal endoscopic surgery treatment and 20 patients with preoperative SSA and non-trans-sphenoidal endoscopic surgery treatment...
February 7, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218348/radioguided-surgery-with-radiolabeled-somatostatin-analogs-not-only-in-gep-nets
#10
Vincenzo Cuccurullo, Giuseppe Danilo Di Stasio, Luigi Mansi
Radioguided surgery (RGS) is a surgical technique that, using intra-operative probes, enables the surgeon to identify tissues preoperatively "marked" by a radiopharmaceutical. Somatostatin receptors (SSTRs) are present in the majority of neuroendocrine cells and may be over-expressed not only by tumor cells, but also by endothelial cells of peritumoral vessels, inflammatory cells and cells of the immune system, such as activated lymphocytes, monocytes and epithelioid cells. This extra neoplastic uptake is the rationale for the use of radiolabeled somatostatin analogs (SSAs) either in some tumors not expressing SSTRs or in various non-oncological diseases...
2017: Nuclear Medicine Review. Central & Eastern Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212920/neonatal-lupus-follow-up-in-infants-with-anti-ssa-ro-antibodies-and-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Antonio Alberto Zuppa, Riccardo Riccardi, Simonetta Frezza, Francesca Gallini, Rita Maria Paola Luciano, Giovanni Alighieri, Costantino Romagnoli, Sara De Carolis
Neonatal Lupus Syndrome (NLS) is a distinct clinical entity caused by transplacental passage of maternal anti-SSA/Ro antibodies (Ab). Mothers may have systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjögren syndrome, or other connective tissue disease, or may be completely healthy at the time of giving birth. NLS includes several clinical manifestations: complete congenital heart block (CCHB) and cutaneous lupus are the most common, while hepatobiliary disease, hematological manifestations and central nervous system involvement may occur...
February 14, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210632/increased-interleukin-17f-is-associated-with-elevated-autoantibody-levels-and-more-clinically-relevant-than-interleukin-17a-in-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome
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Yuzhou Gan, Xiaozhen Zhao, Jing He, Xu Liu, Yun Li, Xiaolin Sun, Zhanguo Li
Th17 related immune response is pathogenic in primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS). However, the role of IL-17F, one potent inflammatory member of IL-17 family cytokines in pSS, has not been specifically defined. We recruited one hundred and nine pSS patients and forty-two healthy controls and their serum levels of IL-17A and IL-17F were determined by multiplex cytokine assays. White blood cell, red blood cell, neutrophil, lymphocyte, IgM, IgG, C3, C4, RF, ANA, anti-SSA antibody, and anti-SSB antibody were measured by standard laboratory techniques...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207808/autologous-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-in-lymphoma-patients-is-associated-with-a-decrease-in-the-double-strand-break-repair-capacity-of-peripheral-blood-lymphocytes
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Sandrine Lacoste, Smita Bhatia, Yanjun Chen, Ravi Bhatia, Timothy R O'Connor
Patients who undergo autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (aHCT) for treatment of a relapsed or refractory lymphoma are at risk of developing therapy related- myelodysplasia/acute myeloid leukemia (t-MDS/AML). Part of the risk likely resides in inherent interindividual differences in their DNA repair capacity (DRC), which is thought to influence the effect chemotherapeutic treatments have on the patient's stem cells prior to aHCT. Measuring DRC involves identifying small differences in repair proficiency among individuals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207799/modeling-the-leaf-angle-dynamics-in-rice-plant
#14
Yonghui Zhang, Liang Tang, Xiaojun Liu, Leilei Liu, Weixing Cao, Yan Zhu
The leaf angle between stem and sheath (SSA) is an important rice morphological trait. The objective of this study was to develop and validate a dynamic SSA model under different nitrogen (N) rates for selected rice cultivars. The time-course data of SSA were collected in three years, and a dynamic SSA model was developed for different main stem leaf ranks under different N rates for two selected rice cultivars. SSA increased with tiller age. The SSA of the same leaf rank increased with increase in N rate. The maximum SSA increased with leaf rank from the first to the third leaf, then decreased from the third to the final leaf...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204898/surgical-treatment-and-outcome-of-tsh-producing-pituitary-adenomas
#15
Roman Rotermund, Nina Riedel, Till Burkhardt, Jakob Matschke, Nils-Ole Schmidt, Jens Aberle, Jörg Flitsch
BACKGROUND: Thyrotropin-producing adenomas (TSHomas) account for approximately 1-2% of all pituitary tumors. Recently, there has been debate on primary treatment as some studies suggest a high rate of hypopituitarism after transsphenoidal surgery and therefore suggest primary use of somatostatin analogs (SSA) instead. We would like to challenge this assumption by presenting our single-center experience with transsphenoidal surgery for TSHoma. METHODS: Fifteen patients treated consecutively between May 2010 and December 2016 were analyzed for long-term postoperative remission and pituitary function...
February 15, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204891/low-titer-isolated-anti-ro-ssa-60-kd-antibodies-is-correlated-with-positive-pregnancy-outcomes-in-women-at-risk-of-congenital-heart-block
#16
Marta Tonello, Ariela Hoxha, Elena Mattia, Alessandra Zambon, Silvia Visentin, Alessia Cerutti, Anna Ghirardello, Ornella Milanesi, Amelia Ruffatti
Congenital heart block (CHB) is an autoantibody mediated disorder presumably caused by placental transmission of maternal autoantibodies to Ro/SSA 52 kd, p200, Ro/SSA 60 kd, La/SSB ribonucleoproteins. This study investigated the clinical significance of isolated anti-Ro/SSA 52 kd, anti-p200, anti-Ro/SSA 60 kd, and anti-La/SSB antibodies in positive pregnant patients. One hundred sixty-three pregnant women positive to anti-Ro/SSA 52 kd and/or anti-Ro/SSA 60 kd and/or anti-La/SSB antibodies were prospectively enrolled in the study...
February 15, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203303/refractory-carcinoid-syndrome-a-review-of-treatment-options
#17
REVIEW
Rachel P Riechelmann, Allan A Pereira, Juliana F M Rego, Frederico P Costa
Carcinoid syndrome (CSy) is a constellation of symptoms that may commonly present in patients with well differentiated neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), with somatostatin analogs (SSAs) being the first-line option for symptom management. However, symptomatic progression eventually occurs and in this scenario of a refractory CSy; several treatment options have been studied such as dose escalation of SSA, interferon and liver-directed therapies. Nevertheless, recent phase III trials have contributed to the understanding and management of this condition...
February 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199360/systematic-review-of-statistically-derived-models-of-immunological-response-in-hiv-infected-adults-on-antiretroviral-therapy-in-sub-saharan-africa
#18
Joseph B Sempa, Eva L Ujeneza, Martin Nieuwoudt
INTRODUCTION: In Sub-Saharan African (SSA) resource limited settings, Cluster of Differentiation 4 (CD4) counts continue to be used for clinical decision making in antiretroviral therapy (ART). Here, HIV-infected people often remain with CD4 counts <350 cells/μL even after 5 years of viral load suppression. Ongoing immunological monitoring is necessary. Due to varying statistical modeling methods comparing immune response to ART across different cohorts is difficult. We systematically review such models and detail the similarities, differences and problems...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196511/antiretroviral-therapy-related-adverse-effects-can-sub-saharan-africa-cope-with-the-new-test-and-treat-policy-of-the-world-health-organization
#19
Jobert Richie N Nansseu, Jean Joel R Bigna
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have shown that early antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation results in significant HIV transmission reduction. This is the rationale behind the "test and treat" policy of the World Health Organization (WHO). Implementation of this policy will lead to an increased incidence of ART-related adverse effects, especially in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Is the region yet ready to cope with such a challenging issue? MAIN BODY: The introduction and widespread use of ART have drastically changed the natural history of HIV/AIDS, but exposure to ART leads to serious medication-related adverse effects mainly explained by mitochondrial toxicities, and the situation will get worse in the near future...
February 15, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196306/effects-of-isoflurane-anesthesia-and-intravenous-morphine-self-administration-on-regional-glucose-metabolism-18-f-fdg-pet-of-male-sprague-dawley-rats
#20
Thomas Y Park, Kevin S Nishida, Colin M Wilson, Shalini Jaiswal, Jessica Scott, Andrew R Hoy, Reed G Selwyn, Bernard J Dardzinski, Kwang H Choi
Although certain drugs of abuse are known to disrupt brain glucose metabolism (BGluM), the effects of opiates on BGluM are not well characterized. Moreover, preclinical positron emission tomography (PET) studies anesthetize animals during the scan, which limits clinical applications. We investigated the effects of 1) isoflurane anesthesia and 2) intravenous morphine self-administration (MSA) on BGluM in rats. Jugular vein cannulated adult male Sprague-Dawley rats self-administered either saline (SSA) or morphine (0...
February 14, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
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